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    Weight vs. Reps

    When following a routine, is it more important to reach the target reps given in the routine or to stay with the weight and until you get to that target rep. For example if the routine says to do 3 sets of 10 reps each and the first 2 sets you were able to use 30lbs and the last set using the same weight only gets you to 8 reps, should I drop weight to reach that 10th rep.
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    My preference is to stick with that weight and your goal is to get all 3 sets up to 10 reps. Once you reach that goal, you increase weight to knock you back down to 8 reps or so for all 3 sets, then work to increase them all.


    That being said, I prefer to work in a rep range, rather than just a target rep. For example, 3 x 8-10 instead of 3x10. That way, I can do my above progression scheme.
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    I wouldn't drop weight. Only getting eight reps the last set probably means you're using the correct weight. If you were doing ten reps for all sets, you would want to bump up the weight.
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    Originally Posted by hlydon View Post
    I wouldn't drop weight. Only getting eight reps the last set probably means you're using the correct weight. If you were doing ten reps for all sets, you would want to bump up the weight.
    x2. You want to progessivley increase weight. Doing 10 reps every set will get you stuck in a rut very quick with no gains.
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    If one weren't going to increase the weight at that point, you could probably get 11 reps on the first set.
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    Agreed.
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    I personally say that if I can only pick one, I go for the reps. That way my muscles can get nice and worked and I can go back and add the weight when I'm ready.
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    I go all-out on the first lift, which is a compound.

    After that, I keep the weight/reps the same.
    Failure to do so results in me getting sick after a couple weeks of it.

    But that's just it: it will come down to how much you can handle. Everyone is different.
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    when this happens i do a drop set i think its the best thing you can do to push yourself

    so for an example your routine would say something like 3 sets 12 reps of bench. by the 3rd set you can only make 8 so what i do is lower the weight as fast as possible and bang out another 5-8 reps... really hits you hard!
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    I like to make sure I progressivly add weight. Example;

    3x10x30 (10-10-8), I'll keep it at 30. If I get 10 reps in a ll three sets, next week might look like this:

    1x10x30, 2x10x35...etc.

    Hope that makes sense.
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